Movie stars and social media public figures have made liposuction seem common, this permanent fat-destroying procedure has become one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures by the public even those under 30 years old.
Liposuction is an elective procedure so it’s not covered by insurance in most countries, that’s why it becomes an important concern for many people, but many factors contribute to determining the cost of the procedure. Egypt is one of the cheapest countries where liposuction is performed, not due to the low quality but because of the large number of skilled professionals and the low income of the public.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that permanently removes fat cells from a particular section of the body. Lipo is the only effective way to get rid of fat deposits that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss strategies such as diet, exercise, or bariatric surgeries.
Who are the candidates?
Almost all healthy adults are candidates for liposuction, but there are a few requirements when you meet you would ensure the best outcomes.
We are in Dr. Ali Gaber‘s clinics and individually evaluate your case and your targets before we customize the best treatment. But generally, the following requirements make you the best candidate:
- Adults with an ideal or near-ideal weight.
- People who have fat pockets under the skin that are resistant to diet and exercise.
- People with firm skin with acceptable elasticity and a good muscle tone.
Who might not be a good candidate?
Certain factors might affect the procedure’s efficacy or in some cases safety, such as:
- Those who are very obese and so far from their ideal body weight.
- Those with a serious, life-threatening health condition or a condition that affects bleeding or healing.
- Those with poor skin elasticity.
When liposuction is not the best option?
The Public often thought that liposuction is the magic stick for sculpting any drooping areas in their bodies, but lipo only targets the subcutaneous fats under the skin, and those are examples where lipo is seldom effective:
Saggy, loose skin
Liposuction alone does not improve the saggy, loose skin that is commonly seen after significant weight loss. So your plastic surgeon should closely assess your target, since skin tightening procedures or breast lifts in case of saggy breasts might be sufficient to achieve your target look either alone or combined with liposuction.
Visceral fat vs subcutaneous fat
Lipo targets as we mentioned earlier the subcutaneous fats, those that are located under the skin and unresponsive to diet and exercise, while, diet and exercise target the visceral fats, those that are located between the internal organs.
You must be honestly assessed by your provider whether the area you dream to sculpt is droopy as a result of fat pockets deposited under the skin or visceral fat deposited between internal organs.
Could liposuction help with obesity?
While being the best option for permanent fat loss from a selected body area or areas, it isn’t an overall weight-loss solution and it doesn’t deal with excess weight or obesity.
Could men perform liposuction?
Indeed yes, all healthy adults of any sex could undergo liposuction. While treating particular types of gynecomastia or enlarged male breast tissue is the most common liposuction procedure for men, tummy tuck and many other lipo techniques become very popular in men to regain a more youthful, proportioned, and sculpted body shape.
What might make you think about having a liposuction?
Do not deal with lipo as a social trend you perform it to satisfy your social appearance, instead, ask yourself the following questions, and if your answer is yes, start searching for the best plastic surgeon:
- Are you tired from restricted diets and exercising routinely for several years and the same areas of your body don’t respond?
- Do you have fatty bulges on your body while your weight is ideal or near ideal?
Is liposuction risky?
The nature of this surgery might raise grueling impressions of stabbing-like gestures to remove the fat in your body, while liposuction is a gentle, elective, and safe cosmetic procedure where fat deposits are destroyed from under your skin with a long thin tube called a cannula then these fats are suctioned out by this cannula to outside your body.
How much does the liposuction procedure cost?
Most health insurance programs do not cover liposuction or other cosmetic procedures, so many plastic surgeons provide many useful offers for patient financing plans within their clinics, but put in mind, a certified, skilled plastic surgeon who has an additional experience in the area you need to perform liposuction for, is more important than the final cost of the surgery.
There is no cutoff point for lipo fees, but there is always a range which lipo cost lies within since there are many factors that contribute to determining the procedure cost.
Factors determine your procedure cost
Fees are the costs of pre-and post-operative screening and needs. Which include all of the following:
The plastic surgeon’s fees are based on his qualifications, experiences, skills, and number of successfully performed procedures together with the general satisfaction and positive feedback from his previously treated patients.
Pre-procedure medical tests and labs
All reputable plastic surgeons require general tests and labs to ensure you are in good health, and some specific labs or examinations depending on the area where lipo is performed, all these investigations are highly important to minimize potential risks that might be in some cases life-threatening.
Lipi can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia together with sedation according to the technique used and the area of treatment.
Prescribed medication medical supplies
Aftercare medications such as antibiotics, analgesics, anti-blood clots medications, and others together with aftercare medical supplies such as pads, compression garments, and others. All are necessities to maximize your recovery and outcomes.
Lipo can be performed in a hospital or your plastic surgeon’s clinic. Facility costs mainly depend on the facility level of accreditations. Be sure that you have your procedure in a highly accredited facility to minimize risks and maximize benefits.
Many liposuction techniques can be used to get rid of excess fat, so your plastic surgeons would customize a technique that fits your targets, the number of fats you need to remove, and the area where the procedure is performed. And that’s highly specific, making costs highly vary from one patient to another.